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  • Tsuchitohinosato Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Fujiokashi Kamihino 2240
    This workshop experience facility is located on the riverside of Ayukawa River in Fujioka City's Hino Valley in the Mikabo mountain range. There are three workshops, dyeing, glass-making and pottery, and anyone can enjoy crafting things under the guidance of the experts here. There are a variety of relatively short and simple experience workshops, such as indigo dyeing and the sandblasting experiences, up to full-blown pottery experiences such as making cups and bowls using a potter's wheel. Visitors can also enjoy meals at the facility's tea house or at the barbeque area.
  • Kajitsutei
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Numatashi Yokodukamachi 162
    This tourist farm is located in Numata City, Gunma Prefecture, approximately 20 minutes by taxi from Jomo-Kogen Station. It offers all-you-can-eat cherry picking, apple picking and peach picking experiences, where visitors can compare the tastes of several different types of each fruit. Cherry jam with a strong acidic taste, apple jam made with Jonathon apples and freshly squeezed apple juice are also available for purchase from the gift shop. In the restaurant, customers can enjoy countryside okkirikomi, made with vegetables picked that same morning and locally produced udon, as well as hometown barbeque and other menu items. The farm is completely barrier-free for easy-access.
  • Ichigoya Nomunomu
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Ishiokashi Obata 1416
    A strawberry farm situated along Prefectural Route 150 commanding a view of Mt. Tsukuba to the west. The farm grows some 20 thousand strawberry plants spread among 60-meter long 42 rows inside a giant greenhouse. The farm's strawberries span six varieties, including Tochiotome, Benihoppe, and Ibara Kiss. Visitors can enjoy 60 minute all-you-can-eat strawberry picking from January to May. The strawberries are grown using raised platforms, ensuring visitors don't need to worry about getting dirty; the farm also accommodates wheelchair users. In addition, the farm has moist towelettes and children's aprons, making it easy for parents to enjoy strawberry picking even with small children. Lastly, visitors can purchase strawberries to take home at the adjoining Yurinosato local specialty products shop.

    毎年行っています。 ここは、一時間食べ放題です。 30分制限のいちご狩りが多い中、一時間も食べるとお腹いっぱい。 周辺のいちご狩りよりも、甘くて美味しいと評判です。 冬は混みます。 開店30分前から並んでチケットを購入します。 ハウスの中は冬でもわりと暖かいですよ。 今年は5月に行きました。シーズンは終了しているので、味はどうかなーと思いましたが、素人には冬のいちごと味は変わらないなと思うほど美味...

  • Glass Studio Silica
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kitaibarakishi Hanakawachou Azuhata 2747
    A glass studio located inside Doyo no Mori Fureai Park which boasts a sweeping view of Kitaibaraki City. Here visitors can make their very own glassware piece-the studio offers a glassblowing glass on Sundays (reservation required) and burner work classes from Monday through Saturday (reservation required). The studio also offers programs with no reservations or age restrictions like gel candle making and glass sandblasting and etching, ensuring even families with young children can have fun here. Lastly, the studio offers seasonal programs such as glass wind bell painting which is offered only from spring throughout summer.
  • Hitachinaka Seaside Railway
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachinakashi Shakamachi 22-2 Naka Station
    A railway line connecting Katsuta Station and Ajigaura Station in Hitachinaka City. Various sightseeing destinations such as Hitachi Seaside Park and the Nakaminato Fish Market are situated along the line, and customers can purchase an all-day pass which allows unlimited rides. At Nakaminato Station, visitors may be welcomed by Osamu, the station's cat.
  • Forest Park Melon no Mori
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Ambou 1623-1
    A leisure facility where visitors can pick melons and eat Japanese-style barbecue located in Anbo, Hokota City one hour from the Mito interchange on the Joban Expressway. Visitors can pick melons from spring to fall and also dig up sweet potatoes and barbecue Hitachi beef. Surrounded by forest, visitors can take in the natural beauty while savoring fresh-picked, ripe Hokota and other melon varieties. The facility has a greenhouse in case it rains as well as a daycare center and other facilities, ensuring even families with small children can have fun here. The facility also offers opening day pizza and sweets.
  • Lacus Marina Excursion Ship White Iris
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kawaguchi 2-13-6
    A Lake Kasumigaura sightseeing boat. The boat dock is located a 10-minute walk from JR Tsuchiura Station. Operating out of the Port of Tsuchiura year-round, the boat jets across the surface of Lake Kasumigaura, the second largest lake in Japan. With a capacity of 86 people, the boat can also accommodate large groups. From fall to spring, the boat is followed by flocks of gulls, while in winter the boat has toasty kotatsu heated table seating. Tour-goers can enjoy views of the Mt. Tsukuba and Abukuma Mountain Range and, on clear days, see all the way to Mt. Fuji. Tours take from 30 to 40 minutes, and during which time tour-goers will be exposed to the vast natural beauty of Lake Kasumigaura.
  • Minami Kajuengei
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Kamigama 365
    A fruit farm and farm-fresh shop located a 15-minute drive from the Mito-Oarai interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway where visitors can taste delicious produce grown with rich local soil and purchase a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. The farm is open from late May to early November. On the farm's spacious grounds, visitors can pick melons in early summer, corn in mid-summer, and sweet potatoes in fall. The farm has a rest area able to accommodate large groups, ensuring visitors can take their time and enjoy the rural delights of farm life. The farm has been featured on TV and in magazines and other media.
  • Rural Kise
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kise 1679-1 Tsukuba Culture Village
    A facility where visitors can enjoy seasonal agriculture, the great outdoors, and art. The facility is located a seven-minute drive from the Sakura-Tsuchiura interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here you can enjoy camping, ceramics classes, art, and food, and also experience the atmosphere and untouched scenery of a farming village. Some of the many facilities include a camp and barbecue ground (Forest Fontaine), a ceramics classroom (Togeisha), and gallery which sells works of art. In addition, the facility has rental offices and studios for working, hobbies, and other needs.
  • Kaizokusen Pirates
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Higashibarakigunoaraimachi Isohamachou 8253
    A sightseeing boat cruise operated by Oarai Shinsengumi which docks at the Oarai Town Fisheries Cooperative Wholesale Market in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. Originally operated by Resort Outlet Oarai, after a change in the company which owns and operates it, the cruise began running again. The red and black tour boat, flying a pirate flag, leaves for a 30-minute round trip cruise on the Pacific Ocean from a dock close to Oarai Marine Tower. The exact course of the tour changes depending on circumstances, but tour-goers will get a sweeping view of Oarai from the sea. Seven tours are held every Sunday and on holidays.
  • Hobikibune Sailboat Cruises
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsuchiurashi Kawaguchi 2
    Hobikibune are traditional fishing vessels which operate on Lake Kasumigaura close to JR Tsuchiura Station in Ibaraki Prefecture. Visitors can watch the boats plying their trade from cruise ships which depart from and return to the Port of Tsuchiura. This style of fishing was invented in Dejima Village in 1880. With the emergence of trawling boats around 1965, hobikibune disappeared, but today they have been brought back for tourists to watch as an important cultural legacy. Powered by a billowing white sail nine meters tall and 16 meters wide, the sight of these boats traveling crosswise to the wind is stirring. Note that the boats are operated from summer through fall.
  • Fukasaku Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hokotashi Dainigorisawa 361
    A farm and farmers market situated along National Route 51 traveling north from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture. The farm grows extremely sweet melons and fruit tomatoes using natural, effective microorganisms agriculture, a style of agriculture which combines a careful balance, of rich, healthy soil and natural, beneficial microorganisms and organic matter. The farm also sells baumkuchens awarded the Monde Selection gold award, including strawberry and melon baumkuchens which harness the fresh, tasty fruits and knowhow of the farm.
  • Seo Orchard
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Tsukubashi Kamisugama 952
    A fruit orchard located a 30-minute drive from the Tsuchiura-kita interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here visitors can buy farm-fresh grapes and also go grape picking themselves. The farm employs low agrochemical farming and uses rice bran and charcoal for fertilizer. Visitors can purchase grapes they pick themselves or do the farm's no time limit all-you-can-eat course. The farm grows grape varieties like sweet and full-flavored giant Kyoho; and highly sweet, seedless Pione.
  • Daigo Oyaki Gakkou
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Maginochi 2469
    An activity facility and shop located in Daigo Town, Kuji County, Ibaraki Prefecture. Here visitors can watch as skilled professionals make oyaki buns, a beloved local dish made by farming families in Daigo Town, and purchase these fresh-made, tasty finger foods. The facility also offers short oyaki making classes. Made with miso and other ingredients stuffed in a buckwheat flour dough and fried on a griddle, those participating in the facility's oyaki making classes can make their very own oyaki bun. Class participants can make either an apple or a kabocha squash oyaki; no reservations are required for groups of 10 or less.
  • Nakazato Leisure Farm
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachishi Higashigoudochou 1942-1
    A tourist-oriented fruit farm located in the Nakazato district on the northern side of Hitachi City 15 kilometers from the Hitachi-chuo interchange on the Joban Expressway. Here visitors can enjoy picking apples, grapes, blueberries, and other fruit. The grounds enclose around 30 separate Eco Farmer-certified fruit farms, each of which allows tourists to go fruit picking. Visitors can pick apples from early September to early December, grapes from early September to early October, and blueberries from June to August. The individual farms also make their fruit available for sale and offer shipping.
  • Itako 12 Bridges Boat Tour
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Itakoshi Itako 109-12 tide boat boat association
    "This tour, a local sightseeing staple, is situated seven minutes from the Itako interchange on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway. Tour-goers board a small boat and visit beautiful area bridges via a canal system. The canals, which span a section of the rice paddies sandwiched between the Tone River and the Hitachitone River are called ""enma,"" and the canal in the Katozu area is known for the simple, narrow bridges which span it, connecting house to house. The tour's small ""sappa-bune"" boats visit and travel under the 12 remaining bridges in the area. The tour leaves from Suigo Sawara Ayame Park, a park where various irises bloom and which bustles with visitors from late spring through summer."
  • Tsumugi-no-Sato
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Yukishi Yuki 2515
    An activity workshop located in Yuki City, famous for its Yuki-tsumugi pongee, situated on the grounds of Yuki Castle 20 minutes from the Sakuragawa-Chikusei interchange on the Kita-Kanto Expressway and 30 minutes from the Sano-Fujioka interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. Located in a quiet area surrounded by greenery, here visitors can try hataori loom weaving and aizome indigo dyeing. Using a rebuilt takabata loom, visitors can weave a coaster using threads in the colors of their choice in about 30 minutes. Visitors can also tie-dye a handkerchief or bandana using traditional aizome indigo dyeing techniques, or even bring in their own cloth or T-shirt to dye (an advance reservation is required to bring your own item for dyeing).
  • Fujita Kanko Apple Farm
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kujigundaigomachi Asagawa 400
    An apple orchard located in Daigo Town in the Okukuji region identifiable by its vivid scarlet sage flowers. The orchard grows over 20 varieties of apples and visitors can enjoy apple picking here from late September until the end of November. The orchard doesn't close during this period; the varieties which visitors can pick will differ depending on the time. The orchard offers all-you-can-eat apple samples as well as bags and boxes which visitors can stuff with apples to take home with them. The orchard also offers shipping within the local region. In addition, visitors can barbecue Hitachi beef while sipping wine and purchase homemade breads, apple pies, and jams made with the orchard's apples.


  • Yaguchi Orchards
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Kasumigaurashi Shimotsuchida 477
    A tourism-oriented fruit farm located close to the Chiyoda-ishioka interchange on the Joban Expressway. Sweet Japanese pears, grapes, Japanese chestnuts, and persimmons are grown organically on the farm's spacious 50 thousand square meter grounds, and visitors can enjoy the tastes of fall. The farm grows Kosui, Hosui, and Nitaka Japanese pears from around August 10 to September 30. The farm grows huge Kyoho grapes from August 20 to September 28. Chestnuts are grown from early September to mid-October, and persimmons from mid-October to late November. The farm offers all-you-can-eat Japanese pears, grapes, and persimmons. There's also a farm-fresh shop and visitors can enjoy fruit picking with their pets, as well.
  • Satomi Fureaikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Hitachiotashi Onakachou 3417-1
    A facility located in Hitachiota City, Ibaraki Prefecture where visitors can enjoy a variety of activities surrounded by the vast natural beauty of the area. The facility offers programs adults and children alike can enjoy, including making soba noodles with local Hitachi Aki buckwheat flour, making pizza with local vegetables in an authentic pizza oven, and woodworking using wood from the local Satomi area. The surrounding area is a green paradise and visitors can refresh body and mind through nature activities like a forest stroll or looking for local plant species. The facility has a rest area and also offers overnight lodging.

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